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May
3

EDITORIAL: A COUPLE MEMBERS OF THE ZONING APPEALS BOARD NEEDS TO BE MORE CONSIDERATE

first_imgA COUPLE MEMBERS OF THE ZONING APPEALS BOARD NEEDS TO BE MORE CONSIDERATELast week we sat in a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting for well over 2 1/2  hours and listened to a lively discussion of the merits of approving an amended parking plan for a proposed upscale Restaurant-Bar on West Franklin Street. This project is being developed by highly regarded Evansville businessman Kerry Chesser.We were perplexed when the board voted 4 to 3 to reject Mr. Chesser’s request to open a new Restaurant-Bar on West Franklin Street even after he made major concessions in his parking plans.Speaking in favor of this project were Amy Rivers-Word President of the Franklin Street Events Association and Kenny Newcomb of F. C. Tucker Commercial President. We were astonished by the way board members Joy Payne and local attorney Jon Parkhurst talked down to Amy Rivers-Word.  We hope the next time she comes before this group the Board Chairman will demand that Parkhurst and Payne allow Amy Rivers-Word to make her point without interruptions. Bottom line, there is no reason for anyone serving on any public board be allowed to openly be disrespectful to any citizen that wants to speak on any item posted on the board agenda.We would like to point out that Mr. Chessers attorney Chris Wischer did a masterful job in presenting his client petition for a Restaurant -Bar on West Franklin Street.  Mr. Wischer stayed on point and didn’t make any demeaning comments towards members of the Board or Pistons attorney Maria Bulkley.We urge Mr. Chesser to continue the fight to convince the Zoning Board of Appeals to vote in favor of his most worthy Restaurant-Bar project on West Franklin Street.  It’s our strong opinion when the Board approves Mr. Chessers request for a Westside Restaurant-Bar it will prove to a major asset to that area! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

May
2

Surf Culture and 7th Street…

first_imgLarry Friedel laughs when he talks about the surfer culture here in Ocean City.“This is a surf town,” says Friedel, who with his wife Becky Green-Friedel own 7th St. Surf Shop.  “My lawyer surfs.  My doctor surfs. Let me tell you about the depth of surf culture and how pervasive it is:  this year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary in town, and we are still the new kids on the block.”It might be true that the Friedel’s shops –they are four locations strong in Ocean City – were established after their competitors. However, they have their own niche in town and have grown into their role quite comfortably.7th Street, named after Ocean City’s original surfing beach, was the first shop in town to offer lessons, and the first to have a storefront location on the boardwalk.  They now have two locations on the boards and two on Asbury Ave.  They sell and rent boards, wetsuits, and offer a full range of surfing fashions for the lifestyle.  Instead of trying to go against the competition, they went after a younger customer and took a mass-market approach.“We were the first in town to go mass market,” Larry said.“The women’s clothing has become a major part of the business,” says Becky. “Used to be you offered T-shirts and shorts to women and that was it, but now we take a boutique approach and have a full range of apparel for every season.”The Friedels and managers Colin Devine and Jamie Keenan are currently working feverishly to get the shops ready for the spring and summer onslaught, no small feat given last year’s fire what gutted the iconic location at 654 Boardwalk, adjacent to the surfing beach. The stores were fully stocked and ready to go last year when the fire broke out just a week before Memorial Day.“That was devastating,” Becky said of the blaze, which investigators said was caused by faulty wiring and accelerated by a fiberglass surfboard. The interior of the store was completely destroyed as was every piece of inventory. Insurance covered most of the loss.  Larry and Becky still had to scramble to salvage their season.  Surf lessons operated out of a neighboring business, an arcade also owned by the Friedels.  All other retail took place at the other locations and through online sales.Work on the building stalled due to some unforeseen delays and is still ongoing.  “We will be open for Memorial Day,” Becky said, although work might not be fully completed.  She said the store layout had been reconfigured and there will be more retail space also available.The surfing lessons and camps remain a staple of the business. There are two group lessons every day in season, which have grown to about 36 students in each group.  Individual lessons are also available and week-long surf camps which run from 9 am to 12 noon, will take place all summer.The business, up and running since 1986, is an extension of the surfing lifestyle for Larry, who has been coming to Ocean City his entire life and commuting back and forth between here and his native Hollywood, Florida. That is where he met Becky, who hails from Ft. Lauderdale.“There is a lot of surfing tradition in Ocean City and we are happy to be a part of it,” Larry said. “It’s great to work in a business where you deal with happy people – they are on vacation, and you are working in a sport you love. The business side of it is hard work. But we are fortunate to be doing something we love.  We are making a living and avoiding a real job,” he said with another hearty laugh.last_img read more

Apr
20

Official Statistics: PPE deliveries (England): 12 October to 18 October 2020

first_imgThese experimental statistics about PPE items distributed for use by health and social care services in England include a breakdown of deliveries by PPE item.The ‘Weekly PPE data’ attachment gives a more detailed breakdown of daily PPE deliveries from 25 February to 18 October 2020.last_img

Mar
1

Friedman named director of Arboretum

first_imgWilliam “Ned” Friedman, an evolutionary biologist who has done extensive research on the origin and early evolution of flowering plants, has been appointed director of the Arnold Arboretum.Friedman, set to start on Jan. 1, will be the eighth director of the Arboretum, which is administered by Harvard’s Office of the Provost. He also will be a tenured professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His priorities include strengthening ties between the Arboretum and the Cambridge campus and working closely with the Arboretum’s neighbors in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.“Ned’s appointment underscores Harvard’s commitment to integrating the incredible resources and opportunities presented by the Arboretum with the important work of our scientists here in Cambridge,” said Provost Steven E. Hyman. “As an FAS faculty member, Ned will be a part of the Harvard community. As director of the Arboretum, he will seek closer ties, not only with our Cambridge campus, but also with the city of Boston, the Arboretum’s home.”Friedman has been a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado since 1995. As professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard, he will conduct research in the new Weld Hill Research and Administration Building at the Arboretum and teach at Harvard’s Cambridge campus.Part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, the 265-acre Arboretum, founded in 1872 and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is free and open to the public every day of the year. Its programs and events include lectures and community outreach initiatives in neighboring schools.“Professor Friedman’s appointment creates an exciting opportunity to connect the unique resources of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston to the plant science research and education occurring on our Cambridge campus,” said Jeremy Bloxham, FAS dean of science. “Ned’s teaching and leadership will facilitate closer linkages between the educational and research possibilities the Arboretum presents and the innovative scholarship of our faculty and students.”Friedman’s research has focused on patterns of plant morphology, anatomy, and cell biology. He was recently acclaimed for his discovery of a new type of reproductive structure in an ancient flowering plant that may represent a critical link between flowering plants and their ancestors.Friedman also has a keen interest in the history of science, particularly the intellectual history of evolutionism. He has designed and taught courses on the life and work of Charles Darwin and other historical figures, and lectured on the subject at natural history museums and other venues.On Nov. 4, Friedman will deliver a lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on “Darwin’s ‘Abominable Mystery’ and the Search for the First Flowering Plants.” He plans to launch a Director’s Lecture Series at the Arboretum that will make accessible to the public cutting-edge research by leading scientists from Harvard and around the world. “I am thrilled to be able to welcome a diverse group of audiences to the Arnold Arboretum, one of the world’s leading resources for the study of plants, and help integrate it more deeply into the research and teaching missions of Harvard University,” said Friedman. “I am also deeply committed to building on the Arboretum’s robust history and its ongoing programs to enhance a neighborhood resource that brings the world of biodiversity to Greater Boston.”Friedman is the author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, and serves on editorial committees for the American Journal of Botany, the International Journal of Plant Sciences, the Journal of Plant Research, and Biological Reviews. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America.Friedman received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College in 1981, and a doctorate in botany from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and a 2004 recipient of the Jeanette Siron Pelton Award, granted by the Conservation and Research Foundation through the Botanical Society of America. In 1991, he received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. Friedman spent his early career in the Botany Department at the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado.last_img read more

Mar
1

Baker Library adds Andrew F. Brimmer papers to special collections

first_img Read Full Story The collected papers of Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer (1926-2012), the prominent economist, monetary policy expert, Federal Reserve governor, professor, advisor, and consultant, are now part of the permanent Special Collections at Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Baker Library. A gift of Brimmer’s wife, Ms. Doris M.S. Brimmer, and their daughter, Dr. Esther Brimmer, this extensive collection of materials, comprising 275 linear feet (528 boxes), becomes available today for scholarly research.In addition, several items from the collected papers are now part of the exhibit in the north foyer of Baker Library celebrating Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the African American Student Union (AASU), a student club at HBS. Brimmer was the first African American member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.The Brimmer Collection includes subject files, correspondence, research files, teaching records and files, writings, speeches, presentations, rough drafts, newspaper clippings, photographs, digital content, and audiovisual materials. It is arranged to reflect and document the phases of Brimmer’s life, first as an academic, then his transition to practicing economist in the U.S. government, and finally as an economic consultant.“We are honored to add Dr. Andrew Brimmer’s vast array of important papers to our Special Collections,” said Collections’ Senior Director Laura Linard, “and we are grateful to his wife and daughter, as well as to their friends Professor Martin S. Feldstein of Harvard University’s Economics Department and Dr. Kathleen F. Feldstein for making it possible. This important collection will be invaluable to students and scholars interested in topics such as international monetary policy, capital markets, central banking, and economic issues in the African American community for generations to come.”Providing her perspective, Ms. Doris Brimmer said, “My husband and I first met on the Harvard campus in the fall of 1952. He was fresh from his Fulbright studies in India and had enrolled in the PhD program in economics at Harvard. I had just graduated from Barnard College (Columbia University) in the Class of 1952 and had enrolled in a one-year program that led to the master of arts in teaching degree from Radcliffe. We were married on July 18, 1953, and shared the rest of our lives together. At the time of his death, we had been married for 59 years. We shared our lives and thoughts, and I hope his hard work and professional thoroughness may inspire other scholars in the future. I think he would have been happy to know his papers were accepted in the Special Collections. My thanks and best wishes to all who worked so hard to organize this.”Dr. Esther Brimmer, an expert on international relations and Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, noted, “My father had a deep commitment to intellectual curiosity, scholarship, and excellence. This commitment infused his life and work. He would have been so pleased and proud that his papers will be a resource for—and an inspiration to—researchers and practitioners in the future.”last_img read more

Mar
1

Science and Innovation Fellowship accepting applications

first_imgThe Center on the Developing Child is bringing together a new generation of leaders who will drive innovation that impacts the early childhood field and the lives of children facing adversity.The Science and Innovation Fellowship is open to advanced Harvard University doctoral students whose research aligns with the Center’s mission. Visit the Center’s science section to explore topics of interest relevant to the mission.Students from all Harvard schools are eligible to apply. The application for the 2021-2022 academic year is available now. Applications are due by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST.last_img read more

Jan
18

Just Jim Dale Starts Previews Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows The Just Jim Dale creative team feature set design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Rui Rita, sound design by Carl Casella with Mark York as pianist and co-arranger and musical direction by Aaron Gandy. In Just Jim Dale, Dale recounts an unequaled lifetime in the theater and myriad irresistible showbiz tales—from a childhood performing on the British Music Hall stage, through his many Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum and Me and My Girl, to his experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks. The show is a collection of stories from Dale’s breadth of theatrical work and songs, including “The Colors of My Life” “The Lambeth Walk” and “Georgy Girl.” Just Jim Dale Tony winner, two-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Jim Dale’s solo show Just Jim Dale begins previews off-Broadway on May 15. Directed by Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr, the limited engagement for the Roundabout Theatre Company is scheduled to open at the Laura Pels Theatre on June 12. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014last_img read more

Dec
18

10 ways to show leadership without a title

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s a question and/or statement I hear some version of an awful lot.“I want to lead, but I’m not a manager.”Or…“How can I lead when I’m not a manager?”It’s not a bad question to ask and think through, and I admire folks’ sincere desire to develop their leadership skills.The thing that’s important to understand, though, is that while it may be tempting to think that the time prior to having a management position is the time when you don’t really have to focus as much on leadership skills, nothing could be further from the truth. At least if you’re wanting to continue to grow and develop as a leader, that is.Many of you have heard me say something like this a time or twelve, but one of the very first things I typically ask folks who are interviewing for or thinking about putting in for their first management position is…“What are you already currently doing to lead on your current team?” continue reading »last_img read more

Nov
18

As part of the 17th Month of Design, tourism awards were presented

first_imgRural tourism Kezele “I am extremely proud of my family and myself that we received an international award for a project we have been developing together for almost 20 years. Our project was chosen not as a special form of tourism, but in general as one of the most creative tourism projects based on identity. In our case, it is the identity of the Croatian village, the region of Moslavina and the heritage we have preserved. We are particularly pleased that the project was selected at the level of the whole of Southeast Europe, which in this selection included the area from Italy and Austria in the west to Greece and Turkey in the east. An impartial jury made up of architects, designers and tourism experts covered this part of Europe and made an objective selection of the best without lobbying and politics. A way of working that is unknown within domestic institutions. This award is a confirmation to us that our work is relevant at the international level and an incentive to think further about the development of our concept and the destination in which we find ourselves.”, Said the winner of the” Big SEE “award in the category” Creative story and identity as experience “Janko Kezele from Rural tourism Kezele. In the evening, an event called “Design Room” was held where renowned chefs presented the specialties of their countries. The “Big SEE” project brings together individuals, institutions and entrepreneurs from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey, home to over 340 million people. The aim of the conference was to establish a dialogue between tourism service providers, investors, architects and designers in order to encourage the development of local communities in order to transform them into innovative and sustainable tourist destinations. Already the 17th “Month of Design” in Ljubljana brought together the best architects and other individuals from 19 countries in Southeast Europe. During the “Creative Tourism” conference, held on October 17, the “Big SEE” awards were presented, including several winners from Croatia. Source / photo: Big SEE You can find more information about the “Big SEE” award HERE.˛ In the category “Architecture and design as experience”, the award was given to Damir Stanišić, director Plitvice Holiday Resort koji je dodao kako ih veseli što su privukli i domaće goste,  koji su treći po broju dolazaka i noćenja. „It turned out to be an idea and a product, a complete hit and we see that we need to invest in additional content and products because that is the only way we can stand out from the competition. We are also proud that the whole project, from the idea, design, architecture, execution of works, etc., is a 100% Croatian product. The magnet and the primary motive for coming are of course the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but certainly as we have to show our guests much more, from Rastoke, zipline, paintball, Deer Valley, Barač Cave… various quality additional facilities so guests can definitely spend 4 to 5 days, without being bored”, He said, adding that they are happy to have attracted domestic guests, who are third in the number of arrivals and overnight stays. Pine Beach Pakoštane – Adriatic Eco Resort,arhitekata A R I E S, Juračić i Skorup, Seoski turizam Kezele – Janko i DragoKezele, Eko farma Repro – Dragica, Dragutin, Nina i Karla Repar i PlitviceHoliday Resort, arhitekata Abstracto Studio, mogu se ponositi svojim nagradamaimajući u vidu da predstavljaju najbolje u svojim državama jer svojim idejama iradom kontinuirano inspiriraju ljude u svojim zajednicama i šire. Plitvice Holiday Resortlast_img read more

Oct
19

Does drug touted by Trump work on COVID-19? After data debacle, we still don’t know

first_imgSome scientists said the episode had set back efforts to determine whether hydroxychloroquine was an effective or risky treatment for COVID-19, as some other trials around the world were also halted following the WHO’s initial decision to pause.”It’s really impacted quite negatively the sort of studies that would be able to say if there is a benefit or harm,” Will Schilling told Reuters. He is co-lead on the UK COPCOV study which was paused last week, just days after its launch.”At the moment, we don’t really know,” Schilling said. “That’s why these studies are needed, and now they’ve been slightly waylaid by all of this.”Scientists acknowledge, though, that studies are being conducted at break-neck speed while garnering unprecedented levels of attention that could give findings unwarranted weight.The president’s taking itHydroxychloroquine has made global headlines in large part because of its promotion by Trump, who said in March it could be a game-changer and last month revealed he was taking it himself, even after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had advised that its efficacy and safety were unproven.In the absence of clear scientific evidence, some authorities and consumers are buying up stocks of the drug in case it turns out to be effective. Britain, for example, is spending millions of pounds bulk-buying tablets.Hydroxychloroquine was shown in laboratory experiments earlier this year to be able to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, but this effect has not been replicated in rigorous trials in people.A separate study by University of Minnesota scientists of the potential preventative effect of hydroxychloroquine against the new coronavirus found it did not protect people who had been given it after being exposed to COVID-19.Here again, though, the waters have been muddied. The New England Journal of Medicine, which published the research on Wednesday, noted in an editorial, that there were limits to the scope of the study.The University of Minnesota study also was limited in the scenario it tested, said Richard Chaisson, a Johns Hopkins researcher who is running a separate trial of the drug to determine whether it is effective in treating patients with moderate to severe versions of COVID-19.There is still a need for robust studies looking at whether it might work in low doses before or after exposure, as well as against mild cases, moderate cases, hospitalized patients and seriously ill ones, he added.Who’s knock-on effectsThe WHO decision to halt its trials last week had knock-on effects across the drug industry and medical profession.French drugmaker Sanofi temporarily stopped enrolling recruits to its own study and pulled supplies of the drug for treatment. The UK COPCOV trial, aimed at establishing if hydroxychloroquine can prevent healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19, hit pause just a week after its launch.Those studies are yet to resume.Several European countries also have stopped using the drug for treating some COVID-19 patients.Some trials have, however, continued despite the WHO’s move.Novartis has not changed course with its study and the UK Recovery trial paused only briefly before moving ahead after safety checks. It is still enrolling patients and has signed up 4,500 recruits so far – 1,500 patients who are on the drug and around 3,000 who aren’t.In short, the jury’s still out on hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, according to Landray at Recovery.”People can quote data, people can quote experts, but there is continuing huge uncertainty,” he said.  Scientists are resuming COVID-19 trials of the now world-famous drug hydroxychloroquine, as confusion continues to reign about the anti-malarial hailed by US President Donald Trump as a potential “game-changer” in fighting the pandemic.The renewed research push follows widespread criticism of the quality of data in a study that on Thursday was retracted. The article, originally published in influential medical journal The Lancet, had found high risks associated with the treatment.The World Health Organization, which last week paused trials when The Lancet study showed the drug was tied to an increased risk of death in hospitalized patients, said on Wednesday it was ready to resume trials. The WHO’s change of mind is “a wise decision”, according to Martin Landray, co-lead scientist on the Recovery trial, the world’s largest research project into existing drugs that might be repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients.”What all this episode really reflects is that without randomized trials, there is huge uncertainty,” said Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Oxford university.Randomized studies are the gold standard in research, randomly assigning a treatment to one group of people and a dummy to another group so that the two can be compared. The Lancet study was a “retrospective observational” study, using a data set from an analytics firm, to see what effects the drug had had on some COVID-19 patients, compared to those who did not get it.The WHO’s about-face came after nearly 150 doctors signed a letter to the Lancet outlining concerns about the data of the observational study published on May 22. On Thursday three of the study’s authors retracted it, saying the company holding the data would not release it for an independent review.center_img Topics :last_img read more